Three Harrison High School students could each have an Emmy Award in their future. Hunter Reynolds, Mark Schisler and Zelda Rogers recently won Student Production Awards, a recognition considered a precursor to winning an Emmy.
At an event filled with all the glamour and excitement of a Hollywood celebration, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter (NATAS Southeast) presented the 2017 Student Production Awards (SPA) on Saturday, June 17 at SCADShow Atlanta.
Fred Blankenship, WSB-TV Anchor hosted the program which honors excellence in video production by college and high school students throughout the NATAS Southeast region, which includes Georgia, Alabama (excluding Huntsville), Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina.
Professionals in the broadcast industry judged a record 280 entries and selected nearly 40 awardees in areas that included: Newscast, Arts & Entertainment, Music Video, Long Form Fiction/Non-Fiction, Sports, Public Service, Commercial, Animation/Graphics, Audio/Sound, Director, Editor, Photographer, Talent, Writing, and Video Essay.
Hunter and Mark won an SPA in the category of “High School: Photographer” for their work called A Spring Break in Orange Beach, AL. During his acceptance, Hunter told the audience the pair made the video during a vacation in Alabama and never thought they would win an award.
“Now, I kind of wish I had changed the name to something other than ‘Spring Break’,” he said with a laugh.
Hunter and Zelda garnered an award for their Public Service Announcement (PSA), Cyber-Bullying is NOT a Silent Crime. The video previously won Best Message PSA in the 2017 Great American NO BULL Global Video Contest.
Both Hunter and Mark are recent graduates, and Zelda will begin her senior year in the fall at Harrison.
The SPAs encourage the pursuit of excellence in video production and help focus public attention on outstanding achievements in student broadcast programs at colleges and high schools.